With the increasing popularity of Smartphones, these devices are being developed by more and more manufacturers and in increasing sizes and styles. Among the recent innovations in the Smartphones arena, palm Smartphones is quite noteworthy which means small-sized phones which can fit the palm of an average sized human hand. These mini phones running several operating systems have made their way into the market and are actually being liked by the common users.
The term can also be applied to the Smartphones developed by Palm, Inc. which run various operating systems. Previously, Palm produced Personal Digital Assistants commonly known as PDAs which were small devices running Palm’s own operating system with the name of Palm OS. Eventually, with the emergence and widespread acceptance of the Smartphones, these palm phones merged into the Smartphones technology and from there the concept of Palm Smartphones evolved. The firm Palm, Inc. was later acquired by HP in 2010. Among the palm phones, there are various sub categories based on the operating systems that are being used in these devices. For example, we have Treo Smartphones, Centro Smartphones, webOS Smartphones running HP’s own webOS.
Various previous models were discarded and new innovations were undertaken after HP acquired Palm, Inc. The most recent version of the palm smart phone from HP runs webOS version 2.0 and delivers twice the speed of the previous version. Other than having the QWERTY keyboard, the device has the facility of automatically updating the contacts and calendars.
Besides, most of the applications that are available on a common smart phone are also available on this tiny device. Among other firms, Sony Ericsson has also released its version of palm Smartphone with the name of Sony Ericsson mini. This device is available in Japan under contract with eAccess. This phone is one of the lightest and smallest Smartphone available in Japan and is the first Sony Ericsson phone offered under contract with eAccess.
The main difference that this device has from the HP based palm phone is that it runs Google Android OS. This phone weights only 99 grams and its size does not exceed the size of an average credit card. Other than having the common software features of a Smartphone, this device also has a 5 mega pixel camera whose picture quality is enhanced by the special ‘Mobile Bravia engine’ technology.
Most of the Palm Smartphones available in the US, just like the common Smartphones, come under contract with three major carriers: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. The phones, however, are also available unlocked. Some of the recent versions of famous palm phones include Palm Pre 2 under Verizon wireless, Palm Pixi Plus under AT&T, Palm Pixi under Sprint, and Palm Treo Pro under Sprint etc. With the passage of the time, the popularity and demand of these devices is also increasing.
We can expect that in near future, along with the average sized Smartphones from the tech giants, palm devices would also see widespread use.